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J Soc Work Disabil Rehabil. 2013;12(1-2):8-18. doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2013.784172.

Emergency management and social recovery from disasters in different countries.

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  • School of Human Development & Social Services, SIM University, Singapore. tannt@unisim.edu.sg


Disaster management refers to the policies, administrative decisions, and operational activities carried out by different sectors of society in responding to disasters. The focus of this article is on disaster recovery and rebuilding. The preventive approach manages risks and engages in the process of risk avoidance and disaster preparedness. Such an approach frequently involves multiple layers of society working together. Social workers should be involved in social intervention and preparation as well as the prevention of disasters. Greater professionalization, integration, and coordination of emergency services are observed both within and between nations.

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